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Young Central Otago cyclists are celebrating success after returning home from the 2018 South Island Secondary School Cross Country MTB Championships.

Mountain bikers from around the South Island competed at the event in Dunedin last weekend.

Competitors raced in downhill, enduro and cross country events.

Cycling NZ events director Janette Douglas said competitors were welcome to compete in as many of those classes as they wished.

Wheels in motion . . . Cromwell College pupil Jack King sends mud flying as he competes in the U16 boys’ section of the 2018 South Island Secondary School Cross Country MTB Championships in Dunedin. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

In the downhill section, Bradley Harris, from Dunstan High School, won the U20 boys’ race, and Imi Blance, also from Dunstan High School, won the U20 girls’ event.

Kalani Muirhead, from Mt Aspiring College, also secured first place, in the U16 girls’ race, and in the same event Holly Oldham, from Dunstan High School was placed third.

In the U13 girls’ event, Amy Benson, from Mt Aspiring College, finished in first place.

The enduro section also proved successful for Central Otago.

Muirhead finished the U16 girls’ race in second place.

U20 competitors Harris and Blance won their respective races.

Central Otago riders also had success in the cross country section.

Blance was named winner of the U20 girls’ category and Benson won the U13 girls’ category.

A range of Central Otago’s cyclists were also placed for having the most overall points.

The event attracted 350 cyclists from 75 schools across the South Island.